Thanks to the Indy, Brian Howe, Jeremy Lange, and the anonymous folks who nominated me for the Indy Arts Award.
I want to apologize to anyone who read the article and decided to come out Friday the 18th for the Triangle Soundpainting Orchestra's collaboration with A/V artist Jim Kellough. Jim brought his truckload of equipment out to the event, and our orchestra put in 6 weeks of rehearsals for the performance, only to have it canceled by Durham Parks and Recreation due to the threat of bad weather. At 8:45pm, show time, the plaza was dry and the weather was beautiful.
Our orchestra members take time out of their hectic schedules to rehearse for shows 4 times a year. It was very disappointing to us to have our hard work amount to nothing because of a premature weather call.
On a slightly more positive note, I would like to thank DPR coordinator Juliet Jensen for her support as we tried to negotiate the weather situation. Juliet did everything she could to try to keep the event scheduled, but for whatever reason, it just didn't happen.
I have to write again and apologize for thanking David M. for writing about interesting music once a year. I'm sure he does a more consistent job than that! I'm sorry to say that I haven't kept up with N&O music coverage - but I will now! I'll be monitoring this year, so pressure's on...
It's really a stretch to say that any of the great 8 bands or would feel that they were the chosen few because of one local article. I think most of us who have played music for a while know that there is no ONE article or ONE big show that will make or break a band's "career". (musicians please write in with any stories of that ONE shining moment that made you a "star"...)
It's like winning a lottery - we all know that, and my guess is that any reader who is interested enough even to glance at those articles probably knows about the heaps of great music our area has a history of producing.
Any band who didn't get chosen this year might next! It's luck of the draw! Really! And who cares anyway? Does it really make anyone special because any music critic approves of what they do?
One of my drum teachers told me that longevity was more important than chops - I think he was right - keep playing long enough and the chops will happen anyway!
I'm troubled by your need to promote local music over touring acts. We need those touring acts for inspiration and to get out of our own heads - it's essential to hear what's being created outside of our own circles, and besides that, touring is no picnic. It's really sad when great bands come through and no one promotes their shows!
Anyway, thanks Indy and Grayson for writing about interesting music every week of the year. And thanks to the N and O for writing about interesting music once a year!
One more correction:
The quartet mentioned at the bottom of the article will not (unfortunately) be opening the show.
Hi! I'd like to make a couple of corrections regarding this article.
The Michael Zerang solo performance has been moved to Saturday January 13 at 8:00pm at the Broad Street Cafe, 1116 Broad St., Durham, NC. www.broadstreetcafe.org Donations will be accepted to help fund artist's travel expenses.
The clinics at the Durham Arts Council are private, and will be attended by Scene of the Crime Rovers, Durham's independently organized experimental marching band (also the official marching band of The Scrap Exchange, a creative re-use center located in Durham). The Durham Arts Council has helped to make these clinics possible by providing a facility grant for the use of the Duke Power Rehearsal Studio.
Shannon Morrow, event organizer and Artistic Director of Scene of the Crime Rovers
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